MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey today announced funding for a multi-modal Community Path to be built along the Green Line Extension (GLX) in Somerville and Cambridge. The 1.9 mile path will connect four GLX Stations: Lowell Street, Gilman Square, Washington Street and the relocated Lechmere. When complete, the path will provide a long-awaited connection that will give pedestrians and bicyclists a continuous route from Bedford to Boston. Secretary Davey was joined at the event by Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott, and community members.
“Today’s announcement of funding for the GLX Community Path further demonstrates our vision for the future of transportation in the Commonwealth,” said Governor Patrick. “Investment in transportation infrastructure that provides better access to more healthy, sustainable and cost-efficient options is necessary to continue to move Massachusetts forward.”
The Lowell Street to Lechmere Community Path is projected to cost $39 million, half of which will be federal funds. The path will open in phases, and will be complete with the opening of the Green Line Extension project in 2020. The path will not only provide a direct route from neighboring cities and towns to Boston for bicyclists and pedestrians but also provide connections between the Red and Green Lines.
“The commitment to the GLX Community Path made here today once again affirms the Patrick Administration’s commitment to healthier, more sustainable transportation options,” said Secretary Davey. “The Community Path will better connect customers to multi-modal transportation that will improve both environmental and economic conditions in the region.”
The Community Path originally connected the Alewife Linear Park to Davis Square in Somerville. In 2011, MassDOT completed the first extension of the path to Cedar Street using federal and state highway funds. In 2013, MassDOT began construction of the path extension from Cedar Street to Lowell Street. That phase is expected to be completed and open to use this fall.
MassDOT and the MBTA are working closely with the city of Somerville on the planning, design and construction of the path that will run through some of its most rapidly-developing neighborhoods.
The MBTA and MassDOT are in the process of designing the path and the Lowell Street path extension is currently being constructed. The city of Somerville is acquiring land and easements where necessary for the construction of the path, of which part will be constructed as emergency egress routes from the GLX stations. Somerville will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the path. The Community Path will be fully accessible and will include fencing, lighting, wireless alarm call boxes, bollards (removable and permanent), trash receptacles, landscaping and benches.
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